Avoid plumbing disasters during, after the holidays

Published On: Dec 16 2012 10:59:31 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 17 2012 05:40:00 AM EST

With the holidays here, people are spending more time in the kitchen, as well as hosting relatives and guests in their homes.

“If you are going to be entertaining over the holidays, one of the things that many people don’t think about is our plumbing. Unfortunately, when you have a lot of people in your house, that’s when you are really putting strain on your plumbing and things can go wrong," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Angie's List spoke to many highly rated plumbers who say holidays are the busiest time of the year for emergency calls nationwide. However, getting a plumber to come out to your house during the off hours might not be as easy as it sounds, and you should be prepared to pay top dollar for emergency service.

"When you have emergency plumbing service, you are going to be paying extra. So, my best advice to consumers is to do some preventative maintenance. Make sure things are in good working order and don’t ignore your plumbing, because when you ignore it, that is when problems can crop up," said Hicks.

Angie's List says you can  follow these tips to help avoid the need for that emergency call.

Garbage disposal:

Sump Pumps:

Sink clogs:

Toilet clogs:

Overflowing toilet:

Angie’s List tips for hiring a professional plumber: